WTOK – Senate candidate’s make final push before special election

#MSSen: Gov. Bryant makes push for Hyde-Smith

WDAM – Senate candidates make stops in Hattiesburg ahead of election

Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to fill Cochran’s seat until the special election, stopped by the Hub City Monday morning with Bryant. They spoke to supporters about the need to keep Republicans in control of Congress and what’s at stake for Mississippi.

Later in the day, Chris McDaniel stopped by Hattiesburg to campaign close to home. McDaniel spoke to voters in the parking lot of Cheddars on Highway 98, saying that he would fight for President Donald Trump’s agenda if elected.

BullyBloc endorses Hyde-Smith

Harper, Bryant stump for Hyde-Smith

WTVA – Mike Espy hits five counties to urge voter turnout

Espy, who is running to fill the unexpired term of Senator Thad Cochran, formerly represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District and later served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

He also made stops in Hinds, DeSoto, Madison and Warren counties.

DAILY JOURNAL – Espy attacks Hyde-Smith over healthcare

Democrat Mike Espy’s campaign has gone all-in on the issue of healthcare, targeting Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith with charges that she is misrepresenting her record on the issue of insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Hyde-Smith insists that she wants to make certain Americans with pre-existing health conditions can get insurance.

In a vote taken last month, Hyde-Smith joined with all but one Senate Republican to block a proposal that would have stopped the expansion of bare-bones, short-term insurance plans that aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions.

THE INTERCEPT – Both of Mississippi’s Senate Seats are up for election. National Democrats barely paid attention.

But unlike Espy, who has benefited from high-profile media coverage and visits from national figures like Sen. Corey Booker and former Gov. Deval Patrick, David Baria’s race against 11-year incumbent Roger Wicker is so under-covered, the title of a recent local news article described the race as the state’s “other” Senate campaign.

A double Senate race has only happened 55 times in American history, but the twin Mississippi races still can’t break the news cycle. And no wonder.

With 35 Senate seats and 435 House seats hanging in the balance, national focus has understandably been reserved for those races that seem to be most “winnable.” It’s reasonable to be pessimistic about red states, and given the conservative politics of the deep South, it’s particularly hard to be sanguine about Mississippi.

But Mississippi is not just red. It’s black. At 37 percent, no state has a higher proportion of African-American residents — or black senators over time. Of the 10 black senators ever elected in American history, the first two were elected by the Magnolia State — both in the decade following the Civil War, before senators were directly elected by voter.

Wicker promotes POTUS support

Hosemann talks election security

NEWSMS – 12 candidates run for 2 House seats in special election

Twelve candidates are running in a special election to replace two House Representative. Eight candidates will be on the ballot for House District 31 and four candidates for House District 85.

House District 31 includes Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower, and Washington counties while House District 85 covers portions of Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson, and Warren Counties.

The special elections come after Representatives Sara Richardson Thomas (HD 31) and America “Cuck” Middleton (HD 85) announced their retirement after each serving in the House for over 20 years.